Site Search :
·Fifth Ministerial Conference of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Held in Beijing
·Drug Fight Confronted with More Challenges
·Senior CPC Leader Returns to Beijing after Four-country Visit
·Calligraphy, Then and Now
·Lotus Painter Cai Qibao
·The Olympic Ideal
·Riverside Romance in Central Anhui
·Into the Wild – Hiking through Qizang Valley
·Folklore Flying High in Weifang
·China’s Soft Power: Room for Improvement
·Browse, Click, Buy - Domestic Consumers Head Overseas with Online Shopping
·A Private Company’s Road to Internationalization
·Zhang Jiao, Ardent Advocate of Afforestation and Green Farming
·First Single Children Come of Age
·E-Government: Open, Approachable Government Websites
Around Chinamore
·Scientists Uncover Causes of Mass Extinction in the Ashes
·Kaili -- Scenery, Music and Southern Charm
·Ningxia: Putting Money Down on Culture

Rules to Curb Accident-prone Glass Curtain Walls in New Buildings Expected to Come Out in Shanghai


Shanghai is considering rules to restrict new buildings with exterior walls made of glass, after a string of accidents caused by faulty windows added to the woes of skyscrapers in China's most modernized city.

Glass curtain walls will be banned in newly-built apartments, hospitals, schools, kindergartens and rest homes, according to the draft of a new rule that the government said aims to safeguard people's safety, protect the environment and save energy.

Restrictions will also be placed on such walls in scenic sites and places of historic and cultural significance, it said. The government is soliciting public opinion over the rule before being further discussed by experts and officials and finally being put into effect.

Shanghai, home to 23 million people, has about 2,600 buildings with glass curtain walls, and some are too old to be reliable, with problems like cracks, erosion and leaks, the government said.

As building maintenance in Shanghai is believed to lag seriously behind other world cities, the draft of the new rule calls for a periodic safety overhaul of glass curtain walls.

Skyscraper builders and property owners must set up funds earmarked for repairs, it said.


Source: Xinhua

VOL.59 NO.12 December 2010 Advertise on Site Contact Us